By JULIE E. GREENE
6:00 PM EDT, May 16, 2012
Donna Hanlin, one of two assistant superintendents for Washington County Public Schools, is retiring this summer after eight years with the school system.
Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said the position will be advertised, and the search for a replacement will be regional, if not national.
As assistant superintendent for curriculum, school administration and improvement, Hanlin oversees instructional issues for the school system.
She has been heavily involved in the school system getting ready for a more rigorous Common Core curriculum that will start in the 2013-14 school year and President Obama administration’s Race to the Top education reform initiative.
Hanlin has served on the Maryland Council for Educator Effectiveness, a state group charged with recommending how to develop a model evaluation system for teachers, as required by the state’s Education Reform Act of 2010.
Before coming to Washington County, Hanlin worked for Wicomico County Public Schools for 26 years. She was a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal and principal for the school system on the Lower Eastern Shore, she said.
“It’s been a wonderful career,” said Hanlin, 56, who said she will continue to live in the Hagerstown area.
Hanlin said she wants to finish her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is earning that degree through the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.
Hanlin said she also wants to continue to be involved in education and would love to teach in higher education. She is looking forward to the flexibility to do other things after her retirement from the school system, which will be effective July 1.
Hanlin’s retirement was among personnel moves the Washington County Board of Education approved Tuesday night by a 6-0 vote. Board member W. Edward Forrest abstained because his wife’s transfer was included in the personnel moves.
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